Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.
First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
“The vampire’s eyes were open, and he was staring at her intently. It was as though he were trying to speak to her with simply the power of a glare.
Alexia did not speak glare-ish.”
I was eager to pick this one up as soon as I had heard of its existence. The fact that it had some mighty impressive reviews as well only made me want it even more. Unfortunately I guess my desire to have this novel in my hands affected my reaction to it. I expected so much from this one, and to be honest I was a little let down.
Carriger has created a fascinating world, you can’t deny it! She beautifully blends three genres (steam punk, paranormal and historical fiction) into a riveting world that is completely and utterly well developed. The main character is soulless, and then there are other supernatural characters such as werewolves, vampires and ghosts. The novel reveals high society customs meshed with vampire/werewolf code and these elements make for an interesting cast of characters.
I admire the world and its intricacies. I loved how the supernatural were known to the humans, and how when courting was taking place you had the elements of the supernatural to consider. A riveting creation was in line with the souls of people. And how depending on how much soul you had affected the chance that you would survive the metamorphosis. So awesome! And truly unique!
The main character was rather kick-ass as well! She is absolutely everything I love in strong heroines. A witty tongue and certain level of self-awareness. Just great to read. The male lead was so adorable!! Even though he is this gigantic werewolf. If I was to compare he reminded me of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Alexia reminded me of Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum series. The combination of these characters were rather great and hilarious to read. Oh jealousy, how you make me laugh.
The only issue I had with this one, and the reason for the three stars, was that I just became slightly disinterested towards the end. Whether it was because the scenes were incredibly long, or just because there was an air of predictability I’m not sure. But there was something about it that made me wan’t to just finish it so that I could move onto another book. This being the first book in the series it is natural to have a lot of description, but I know that whilst reading it I ended up only reading the dialogue in the last half. And that was truly enough to understand the story.
Have you read this one? What did you think?